"The Youth" as written by and Andrew Vanwyngarden Ben Goldwasser....
This is a call of arms to live and love and sleep together
We could flood the streets with love or light or heat whatever
Lock the parents out, cut a rug, twist and shout
Wave your hands
Make it rain
For stars will rise again

The youth is starting to change
Are you starting to change?
Are you?
Together

In a couple of years
Tides have turned from booze to tears
And in spite of the weather
We could learn to make it together

The youth is starting to change
Are you starting to change?
Are you?
Together

The youth


Lyrics submitted by seldomburn, edited by furrik

"The Youth" as written by Benjamin Nicholas Huner Goldwasser Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden

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  • +13
    General CommentThis song proves Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser are true modern-day hippies. This song is talking about the dramatic change in culture that is happening today with the youth. Since the war on peace in the 60's and 70's, kids and teens all over America are becoming more and more nonconforming to societies standards and are learning to make their own opinions and beliefs instead of following the traditional ways of life that have been occuring for hundreds of years. They are learning to keep an open mind about everything and are less trusting of the people who make the decisions for our country. Andrew and Ben take sides with today's youth and just want peace on earth. I think this song is just saying "The youth is smarter than you think, they are no longer brainwashed by what you have hoped for them to believe about right and wrong. The rebellion is coming quick, so will you join it? Todays youth will be filling the shoes of all the leaders and this country will soon see a huge change in culture."
    hippieeiton August 01, 2008   Link
  • +7
    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this song yet--it's one of my favorites off oracular spectacular. it's like a slow dance for jaded collegiate indie kids. i love it.
    weekendwarriorrron February 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentoh my god. this song is a DREAM. mgmt is a dream. i seriously need more of them in my life. i wonder what they are like live?
    elodieon February 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthank you shakermaker, for not being stupid, and being right.

    on the other hand, emily 14...just quit it, alright.
    I already told you I have the CD, WITH the lyrics in there, and it says that...so, just leave it alone, You're wrong, get over it.
    And stop trying to sound smart with your little analysis, you already failed with your first comment.
    hiitsmeon June 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow come? because lyrics sites must obviously get their lyrics from nitwits like you, thats why. It's boo's to cheers. Quit over analyzing, tides turning just represents a change in the 'climate' per se. In other words how they're now accepted more widely, unlike before.
    shakermaker23on June 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentemily_14........ owned.

    this song is amaaazing
    i think its gotta be my fave by them. this is the shit i'm talking about man we need more bands like this on the go these days
    awesome stuff
    zepmasteron June 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I agree with 'mandio'
    when she talked about how people didn't really
    get their music
    well 'the youth is starting to change'
    so get with it? you know? 'are you starting to change'
    music changes over time, the new youth always
    seems to understand the new music,

    'the stars will rise again' they will come back,
    people will understand 'lock the parents out'
    self explanitory really.

    "in spite of
    the weather, we can learn to make it
    together"
    throughout all the boo's they stuck together and now
    are a great success for all the world, including me,
    to enjoy and love. :)
    t-rexuson August 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot to pict on emily14 anymore, but wow, what an angry person...

    The real reason that I wanted to post was to say how much I like the "are you together?" line. Someone above posted that they thought this might be about relationships...could be, but I doubt it.

    I think it's more likely about composure? As in, "keep it together." It kind of sucks to grow up now--how could you not be disaffected. It just seems futile to try to change the world sometimes.

    Very thought provoking.

    (In emily14's defense, booze, waves, and tears are liquids, generally speaking. So, clearly, is her brain.)
    jackmacon September 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBen Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden are modern day hippies, radicals -- they believe in peace, freedom and (free) love.

    The are siding with today's small portion of youth who are "flooding the streets with love, light and heat" (protest, love and rage) and "living, loving and sleeping together" (free love, a radical concept).

    The youth are starting to wake up and the revolution is returning. We are no longer conforming to society's and the government's "acceptable" standards, we're starting to express ourselves creatively.

    Check out hippieeit's comment and the 60's and 70's revolution.

    Peace, love, freedom and music.
    KenCaton November 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmann this sure is a hippy song :]
    yehh it does have a deeper meaning but to me it's also about telling you to enjoy your youth while you can,or just try to capture the carefree attitude associated with the youth,embrace it,do positive things with it,dont be afraid to stand up to authority(lock the parents out lol,i like it ;] )
    lahlahhhon December 02, 2008   Link

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